Mr. Richard Boudreault has been President and CEO of Orbite Aluminae Inc. (TSX: ORT, OTCQX: EORBF), a firm with a radical innovation for the production of smelter grade and high-purity aluminae, since 2007; prior to this he was VP Technologies. Prior to 2004, he was CRO of Pyrogenesis, a corporation involved with the nanotechnology and materials sectors which turns waste into energy technology. During his career at Pyrogenesis, its technological materials division was divested into Raymor. Prior to his employment with Pyrogenesis, he was Vice-President of Corporate Strategy as well as Chief Technology Officer of Aerospace Research Technologies ART (TSE: ARA), a publicly-traded firm implicated in high-speed fiber-optic bio-optical imagery with regards to in vivo detection of cancers and pharmaceutical dispersion applications. During his career he has been involved with public files such as 5N+ (semiconductor and solar technology TSX: VNP), Softimage (3D imagery for cinematography NASDAQ: SFT acquired by MSFT), and private firms such as Mechtronix (second largest manufacturer of flight simulators in the world) and Visuaide, now named Humanware (technologies for the visual handicapped).
Throughout the years, Mr. Boudreault was actively involved in high tech venture capital portfolio management, particularly in regards to industrial application: energy, new material and aerospace industries of the Caisse de dépots et placements du Quebec (CDPQ). Prior to joining Sofinov, a finance and innovation society, he achieved many corporate leadership goals within the aerospace industry. Furthermore, he held a position as director within Swiss firm Oerlikon-Burhle, was also CEO and founder of Centre de Technologies Aérospatiales research center, as well as Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Sherbrooke University. He was involved in space/terrestrial dexterous robotics projects (Dexter) and in various satellite and aircraft programs at Canadian Astronautics Limited, now MDA.
Throughout his career as a repeat technology entrepreneur, he has worked within the fields of marketing, technology and finance. He has worked and lived in France, Germany, Switzerland and Japan. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from University of Montreal, an MBA from University of Sherbrooke, as well as a Professional Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University.
Mr. Boudreault has sat on Boards of direction for over 25 firms and organizations. He is presently member of the Board of Directors of Atomic Energy of Canada (AECL), as well as member of the consulting committee on research and development for the National Optical Institute of Quebec City (INO) amongst others. He is also often called upon to represent organizations and governing bodies within diverse committees.
Mr. Boudreault has actively participated bringing 7 firms to be traded publicly. He also teaches technological venture evaluation to graduate students of various universities.
As well as be
ing one of the founding members of the International Space University, he sits on the panel of judges for the Google X-Prize, an honor that, in its first installment, was awarded to Burt Rutan of Scaled Composites.
Mr. Boudreault is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, of the International Aeronautic Academy, as well as the World Academy of Arts & Sciences. He is a proud member of Sigma Xi, the US Scientific Research Society, a Fellow of the Space and Aeronautic Institute of Canada, Fellow of Licensing Executives Society and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics and Senior Member of the IEEE. A finalist in the first Canadians Astronaut competition, he is a licensed pilot and served time in the Canadian Military. He is the originator of 20 patents, has published more than 50 scientific and technical articles, many of which were revised by his peers. He is a registered administrator in the province of Quebec.